Seascape Ma‘alaea

Maui Ocean Center restaurant jumps from Fridays to Sundays with happy hour, dinner

Food & Beverage Director James Morrison holds a dinner entree of hamachi and Kauai shrimp over corn-and-mushroom risotto. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Do you crave sustainable seafood that is off-the-charts in taste and affordable, too?

Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center dishes it up daily for lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it’s added Fridays to its weekend happy hour and dinner lineup of Saturdays and Sundays.

That means that for starters, Pau Hana hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on those three days. Select wines by the glass cost just $4 and draft beers are discounted to $2.50. There are some special prices on fun pupu, too.

“We have a seared ahi, wasabi-bechamel flat-bread pizza for $9 that is something different. Most people normally don’t think of it,” says Food & Beverage Director James Morrison.

“We also do tomato-basil flat-bread pizzas, grilled steak poke, tequila-shrimp tacos, truffle-butter fries and calamari strips all for $10 and under.”

The good news is, you do not need to visit Maui Ocean Center’s aquarium exhibits in order to dine at Seascape. Just head to the mall side, walk down a ramp and enter through the restaurant doors.

“On Saturdays and Sundays, Kaulike Pescaia performs during happy hour and it’s quite popular,” says Morrison.

Dinner items include broiled ahi steak served with saffron cream sauce and grilled shrimp; mango-hoisin barbecue ribs; and Asian-style bouillabaisse packed with lobster, shrimp, Manila clams, crab claws and scallops.

“On dinner nights, we have a different specials, from the freshest fish to whatever Chef Henry Tariga picks from our chef’s garden,” says Morrison. “Some ingredients we have been incorporating include taro grown right on property and apple bananas.”

A recent dinner special was fresh hamachi topped with Kauai shrimp over corn-and-mushroom risotto, a healthy portion for $18.”

“The great pricing is part of our philosophy,” Morrison explains. “We don’t want to gouge people. We try to be fair. At night, kamaaina are 90 percent of our clientele and we want them to keep coming back.”

Seascape is the perfect dining destination to relax with a refreshing Cucumber Watermelon-rita while watching the surfers offshore or the boat action in Maalaea Harbor, even humpback whales in season.

“From 2 to 3 p.m., we have $5 mai tais,” adds Morrison. “And we’ve added Ferrari Carano wines to the list. We are trying to keep it affordable as well.”

Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound as do some kid-friendly choices.

For reservations or more details, you may call Seascape at 270-7068.